In the Daily Mail, Paul Gascoigne described England’s performance against the Republic of Ireland as ‘horrific’ but dubbed Jack Wilshere as being a potentially better player than he was.
The 48-year-old, who is due to have a documentary on his life released on Monday, admitted he had to force himself through the highlights of England’s 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland and described the performance as ‘f****** horrific’.
Nevertheless, despite his disappointment from the game on Sunday, he reserved special praise for Arsenal playmaker Wilshere – who has been making plenty of headlines of late.
‘’I look at Jack Wilshere, he’s just won the FA Cup, he’s had a drink and getting stick - five days later he’s the best player since sliced bread,” said Gascoigne.
‘’It’s a shame the season has ended because he’s had a few months out. He’s nothing like me, definitely not – maybe he’s better.’’
Is Jack Wilshere as good as, or even better than Paul Gascoigne?
The praise from Gazza is high indeed, considering just how good he was during the peak of his career.
Often dubbed as England’s best ever player by fans that saw him in his younger years, with Paul Ince echoing those sentiments on the National Football Museum website, he succumbed to injuries and never really hit the heights he should have done.
Wilshere burst onto the scene as a young player and was quickly dubbed as special due to his vision, touch and passing ability. He was never as explosive as Gascoigne, which the former Tottenham Hotspur man pointed to by saying: ‘he’s nothing like me’.
He’s a different player altogether and one that most hoped could be similarly as talented. However, unless he steps up another gear or two, he will struggle to find another critic that will draw the same comparison.